Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nintendo originally sold playing cards

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 10: Well done, you beat us!
6+ out of 10: We'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor

The ones that got away

N.B. This quiz began with five picture questions for which we were given ten minutes during which smartphones were permitted. As such for questions 1, 2 and 3 only you should/can allow yourself around four minutes in total to try and use Google (or similar) to work out the answers. The only restriction is to limit yourself to what you could reasonably expect to do with the pictures on a physical piece of paper in a dark pub - in other words, things like copying the images into a reverse image search website is probably not in the spirit of The Ones That Got Away! As always, if an image is a bit small you can click on it for a slightly bigger version.

Questions 1-3
1) Googling allowed: What is this object used for?
2) Googling allowed: What movie is this still from?
3) Googling allowed: What plant is this?
4) No more googling! Which musical features the songs Too Darn Hot, Wunderbar, and Why Can't You Behave?
5) If I'm spending lev and can see the Nevsky Cathedral, which country am I in?
6) If I'm spending rupiah and can see the Candi Sewu Temple, which country am I in?
7) If I'm spending balboa and can see the Bridge of the Americas, which country am I in?
8) If I'm spending lira and can see the Blue Mosque, which country am I in?
9) In the 1986 Nintendo game Pro Wrestling which one of the following characters could you not select to play as? A) King Slender B) Fighter Hayabusa C) The Amazon D) Great Puma E) Marty the Magnificent
10) In the early Super Mario games Princess Peach was known by what other name?

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more correct)? Would you have helped us win (6 or more correct)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!

My alternative questions
1) Which cartoon character, whose surname is Rodríguez, has an almost pathological fear of can openers?
2) Drawing on his experiences as a war correspondent for The Times and Le Figaro newspapers, who wrote the novel The Quiet American?
3) Which BBC sitcom was a parody of the BBC drama Secret Army?
4) Kiss Me, Kate is based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Which 1999 movie (starring a teenage Heath Ledger in the role of Petruchio) was also based on the play?
5) Ukraine is one of four (UN member) countries whose flag is comprised entirely of the colours blue and yellow. Name two of the three others.
6) What theory, particularly notable for its relevance to US involvement in Vietnam, held that a communist victory in one country would start a chain reaction of communist takeovers in neighbouring states?
7) Panama is one of rather more than four (UN member) countries whose name is made up of alternating vowels and consonants. Shorter examples include Oman, Gabon and Benin, but which 18-letter country name is the longest with this property?
8) Pre-decimal British currency would typically be written using the symbols £, s and d for pounds, shillings and pence respectively. These symbols derive from three Latin currency denominations with £ coming from libra and d from denarius. Which Roman coin gave rise to the letter s in this system? (And no, it's not 'shilling'.)
9) Which video game series features a Russian boxer originally known as Vodka Drunkenski? His name was changed to Soda Popinksi to avoid controversy.
10) In terms of total copies sold (across all platforms) what is the best selling video game of all time?

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!

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